New York State Pavilion Paint Project 

Thank you for your support. Our project has reached goal! The gofundme page will remain open for donations so we can continue to improve the pavilion!


We are pleased to welcome "After the Fair: The Legacy of the 1964-65 New York Worlds Fair" A Ryan Ritchey Film, as a supporter and partner in the continued efforts to preserve the NYSP.


Please check out this wonderful NEW book about the New York State Pavilion from Christian Kellberg. Christian says he is privileged to have been part of the volunteer effort to paint the New York State Pavilion mezzanine over the last three years. He is the photographer of much of the content in this book. New York State Pavilion is an insightful look at this iconic landmark, with many spectacular historic color photographs, published here for the first time.


About Our Project

We are a grass roots effort lending support to preserving an iconic structure remaining from the 1964-65 New York Worlds Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York. We have spent the past few years gathering donations of materials and paint to restore some dignity to the structure in hoping it raises awareness towards its restoration and reuse. We completed the outside paint and started the interior in the spring of 2013. Designed by famed architect Phillip Johnson it had fallen into disrepair over the years.

The 50th anniversary of the opening of the fair arrived on April 22, 2014 and we have the structure looking better than it has in thirty years. Our Open Gate Event drew thousands of supporters and made local and national headlines. Money raised through donations will continue to go towards red, white and yellow paint and the associated materials. Typical cost per gallon is approximately $35 but we hope to seek discounts from generous paint distributors and other private donations. Our efforts have advocated for the preservation of the pavilion and I think we have been heard, however, it has only been possible with your support.

People can make a difference. Our project started out with one man's idea to try to keep awareness high for this neglected historic site. Many people have ideas, few can execute and fewer can claim success. Hats off to John Piro who's glimmer of hope started this project that has been in process since 2009 to help protect this structure. When the two of us started this project it was our dream to open the gates for the public to see the splendor of this amazing building and over 2500 people agreed that day in April, 2014 and at every open gate we have hosted since.

This is just a beginning. We hope to inspire. We are part of the effort seeking renewal of the pavilion.

The building deserves it, the history deserves it and the people deserve it.

 Progress Reports

2009- The First Stripes and see the Gallery below

  April 2013- Interior   June 2013- Interior
  July 2013- Interior     August 2013- Interior
  September 2013- Interior     October 2013- Interior
  November 2013- Interior     March 2014- Event Preparation
  April 2014- Progress Report and Open Gate Event
  May 2014- Progress Report and Open Gate 2
  October 2014- Progress Report and Open Gate 3
  May 2015- Press Release and Progress Report
  June 2015- Progress Report and Festival
  October 2015- Progress Report and OHNY Weekend
  June 2016- Progress Report
  October 2016- Progress Report and OHNY Weekend

  New York Daily News
November 2009
  dnainfo- February 2012 John and Mitch in "After the Fair" Documentary
  Queens Chronicle
January 2013
    Queens Chronicle
March 2013
  Queens Chronicle
May 2013
    Preservation Magazine- Fall 2013
National Trust for Historic Preservation!
  !Open Gate Events-
Media Coverage 2014
    New York Daily News: Queens Week Article
May 2015
  The NY Mets  & People for the Pavilion-
Spirit Award to the Paint Project
    NY1- October 16, 20015 OHNY Weekend, Crown Paint and the Paint Project


The story of how we got started- Film by Aquarela Pictures

 History   Conlab- NYSP
  NYC Parks- NYSP     Pix & Docs- NYSP 
  NYSP as a National Treasure.      
 Gallery: 2009-2012 Exterior

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 The Paint Crew
  John P.
Westbury, NY
    Mitch S.
Nyack, NY
  Stephanie B.
Dallas, PA
  Jim B.
Clifton, NJ
    Gary M.
Queens, NY
    Ed G.
Whitestone, NY
  Tom B.
Elmhurst, NY
    AND Chris, Olga,
Rich & many more


 With support from: